Photo Courtesy of the Office of the First Lady

Last night (6/4), Nashville native – and Republic Nashville hot newcomer – Greg Bates had the honor of performing for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam during a private gathering at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville. The special event was held to raise funds for the Tennessee Residence Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises private funding for the renovation and restoration projects of the executive residence.

“Growing up in Nashville, I’ve always had a natural tendency to write songs and sing. Anytime I have the opportunity to do something that supports Music City and the people that call it home, I want to help,” said Bates. “Performing for the Governor and First Lady was a wonderful opportunity and I was honored to be asked. It was truly an amazing time.”

Bates performed an intimate, acoustic set, featuring his hit debut single, “Did It For The Girl,” as well as a collection of songs he wrote for his upcoming debut album. The project, produced by Jimmy Ritchey, aims to connect with today’s youthful audiences while still honoring Bates’ musical heroes – Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait. He began developing his skills while attending Nashville’s Belmont University and caught the attention of music industry tastemakers. Soon after graduation, Bates began “living the dream” after signing a co-publishing/artist development deal with Effusion Entertainment and Super 98 Music – the publishing arm of the Big Machine Label Group.

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